4 Million Year Old Bacteria Discovered! It’s RESISTANT to 18 Different Antibiotics!

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Published on December 20th, 2016 | by Brandon Ramsey in Science


While modern medicine has come a long way in the last several decades, bacteria and viruses have also been evolving. As time goes on, doctors and scientists have been more and more worried about how these diseases are becoming resistant to our abilities to fight them.

Today, that war against diseases has become more intense as a new type of bacteria has been discovered. It may sound like science fiction, but the bacteria was actually found deep underground and had been living there for 4 million years. What’s worse, is that it’s resistant to over 18 types of antibiotics! Let’s find out what we’re dealing with here.

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A New Type of Bacteria Discovered

For some time now, the Word Health Organization has considered antibiotic resistance a major issue, going so far as to call it a global threat. Much of the problem has been attributed to the overuse of drugs in hospitals and on farms, but this newly discovered bacteria has been developing its own resistance deep in a cave.

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This new bacteria is called Paenibaciullus, and it has been found to be resistant to 18 types of antibiotics. The drugs tested on it were also classified as “last resort” options that would rarely be used on patients. This shows that the ability for bacteria to become resistant has been around for millions of years.

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We’ve known for some time that bacteria have possessed this ability to develop resistances. A similar type was even found in the stomachs of South American mummies. This disease, though, has a new way of becoming resistant.

A New Type of Medical Warfare

Antibiotics are usually created using compounds in nature that kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. This new disease show scientists five new ways to combat antibiotics, which could help us understand how other diseases become resistant themselves.

it could easily give scientists the ability to create better antibiotics that can combat the growing resistances they find in the medical world.

Where Was it Found?

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This particular discovery was found 1,000 feet underground in the Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave is very sensitive, which means that only a handful of people are allowed inside.

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Now that it’s been found, scientists can begin using this discovery to better understand the challenges they face in the modern medical world. What do you think of this discovery? How do you foresee it helping medicine as a whole? Let us know in the comments!

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